MSPs Get Nested
As MSPs and customers get enthusiastic about cloud, the business model gets increasingly shell-like with MSPs bundling in other companies' services and even getting their own services bundled on occasion.
Big changes, opportunities and challenges lie ahead with Small Business Server, Office 365 and Windows 8.
Top ways for MSPs to add value and revenues range from standards such as business continuity and security, to newer approaches like mobile-device management and bundled consulting.
There are so many trends providing headwinds, tailwinds and crosswinds to MSPs right now that it's hard to sort them out. Industry experts provide a few baseline concepts from their higher perches to help MSPs find a snug fit in the emerging industrywide puzzle that resembles a Russian nested doll toy.
Despite snubbing its OEMs with the Surface, Microsoft's decision to allow direct billing with Office 365 shows that Redmond still has its partners' back.
Microsoft's recent cloud moves threaten to push providers away from Redmond and toward virtualization juggernaut VMware.
Some people might look at the "new" Microsoft and say it's less personal, more corporate. Those people would be wrong.
SMBs are clinging to outdated Microsoft products but also adopting new and unfamiliar technologies, according to partner attendees at the IT Pro Conference 2012.